To go along with the latest Authors We Love post, I have another From Inside The Pages post for you this week. It’s directly related to the Hemingway post, which works out great.
I already talked about the book itself in the Authors We Love post, so I won’t go too much into the books itself. Basically it’s a book of Hemingway’s poetry. I just read some of it today. I only read the first section, which is called “Juvenilia.” That’s basically what it is. I wasn’t terribly pleased with it, but found some good lines.
Why did I just start reviewing the book? Haha, I’m glad you asked. It’s because of what I found inside this copy. I wanted to “review” it a little bit because this was in fact given to its previous owner as a review copy. Inside was a bookmark from the University of Nebraska Press from 1983 (maybe 82 depending on how early it was sent out).
I wanted to share this because I’ve been reviewing for about 6 months now and seeing this puts into perspective how things have changed in 30 years. I haven’t received many books from traditional publishers, but I don’t think it’s much different from some Indie authors. In today’s world we can receive a book either through mail or email/electronic store. Then once we read it and reviewed it we can post it directly to any site we would like and email it directly to the publisher or author, whatever’s the case. From this bookmarks (my only window into the past of reviewing) reviewing was a snail mail only business (obviously). And also reviews would have to be sent through snail mail back to the publisher….in this case TWO copies of it.
So yea that’s pretty much what I have to say about that. It’s just something to think about when we complain about getting the wrong format. Or when Amazon doesn’t post a review right away. Just remember the days of print books only and snail mail. Scary isn’t it